‘Elizabeth is Missing’ was undeniably one of the strangest rollercoasters I have ever ridden whilst lending myself to be immersed in my entirety to a novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was more than definitely surprised when I discovered the novel was actually about an elderly woman with dementia (I admit it, I didn’t read the blurb). I’ve wanted to read this novel for a long time and was extremely excited when I managed to pick up this gorgeous hard back copy for 5op at my local doctors!
As soon as I began to read I was instantly transported back to my A-Level Drama exam wherein we had to incorporate dementia and fairytales into a play and I instantly wished I would have read this book beforehand, not only for my coursework, but my character research. Healey’s research on dementia must have been in depth and heart-felt as she portrayed the heart-breaking journey of Maud attempting to find her best friend: Elizabeth.
Initially, I wasn’t completely won over by the book; not until the twist involving Suki did I really begin to sink my teeth into the story. I yearned for Suki to be found and for poor Maud to at least start remembering something. It can be noted that Healey more than definitely did her job perfectly by making me hate the villainous figure: Frank. Every time he was mentioned or lurked in the corner of the page I felt a venomous hatred for him beginning to boil in my blood.
Sadly, I didn’t enjoy the jumping backwards and forwards, I struggled to cope with it and actually understand what was happening at times. I was nearly always confused at the start of every chapter about whether I was in the past or the present. However, I would perhaps argue this is what Healey intended the reader to feel? To join Maud on her confusing journey of having dementia; if this was in fact the case, I most definitely take my hat off to Healey because she did more than an amazing job.